North Central Region News

Volume 2009 August

Recognizing Excellence and Remembering Service
Col Steve Kuddes Commander, North Central Region Once again the North Central Region Conference Dinner will feature the presentation of the Sgt. Philip J. Svitak American Patriot Award. This award is named for a former CAP Cadet who served his country and died in combat in Afghanistan in 2002. During a rescue attempt for a missing Navy seal, the Chinook helicopter took heavy ground fire from a Taliban bunker on a hill top. Sgt Svitak was a flight engineer who was manning a door gun on the side of the helicopter taking the most intense fire. Knowing his actions meant life or death to the entire team, Sgt Svitak continued to return fire until he was killed. His actions allowed the pilot to make a landing thus saving the rest of the team from dying in a crash. I am asking for nominations for the award. The nominees can be a CAP member, CAP unit or someone who has shown a dedication to CAP. The one requirement is the person or unit must have demonstrated their unquestionable love for our country that Sgt Svitak did when he gave his life for his men. Past recipients of the award have been the Cass County (MOWG) Squadron for their color guard performances and CWO Chuck Gant the helicopter pilot. Nominations should be sent to the NCR commander NLT 15 September 2009.

Join us for the 2009 NCR Conference for a weekend filled with Friends, Fellowship, Recognition and opportunities
to grow as CAP Members! At this year’s conference you will be able to • • • Participate in workshops and learning labs designed to meet your needs! Shop at Vanguard’s On-Site Store – Stock up on your CAP items with no shipping charges! Participate in the Town Hall Meeting with the Region Leadership and Senior National and CAPUSAF Representatives! Ask your questions of our top leaders! Activities especially for cadets! ICS 300 training will be offered! Meet old friends and make new ones! Join us for the Region Banquet and Awards Program (wear your favorite costume!) See your peers recognized for their excellence! The fee for this year’s conference is only $ 30.00 and that includes the Banquet and all activities.

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Flying high has new meaning for cadets at Minnesota Flight Academy
Capt Richard Sprouse Public Affairs Officer, Group 2, Minnesota Wing Regardless of the distance traveled, training young glider pilots is a job Senior Member Steve Dee loves doing for the Civil Air Patrol. Even better is doing so when one of the cadets who takes their solo flight also happens to come from south of the Mason-Dixon Line as well. So how does a glider instructor pilot from Tennessee Wing connect with a cadet from Georgia Wing at the Minnesota Wing Flight Academy? “It’s a great group of positive cadets and adults that make the Minnesota Flight Academy such a success, so I look forward to coming back each year,” Dee said. Dee, a retired colonel who served 30 years in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve, is a pilot for FedEx when not sharing the finer points of how to fly gliders to cadets. He has been making the trip to the Minnesota for nearly 10 years.

“My Dad saw a flight academy was being held in Minnesota so he made all the arrangements for me to be here,” Bernth said. “I also wanted to solo in a glider and coming to Minnesota made that a possibility.” Cadets need at least 30 flights before they can fly solo in a glider.

A glider lands while a powered flight takes off during the Minnesota Wing Flight Academy.

The July 17-25 flight academy drew 25 pilots in training from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Georgia and put them behind the controls of either a Super Blanik L-23 glider or Cessna 172 aircraft. The cadets were joined by nearly 30 senior officers supervising the activity. The gliders travel at about 50 miles per hour. The flights are towed to 3,000 feet by a powered aircraft. Then the glider pilot releases the tow cable and looks for thermal columns of warm air to give them lift like the eagles and hawks that hunt the fields near the Mankato Municipal Airport. After that the emphasis is on landing patterns and landing the glider from 1,000 feet. The two-seater gliders provide room for a FAA certified flight instructor, who can make adjustments using rear controls if the young pilot makes a mistake. Cadet Bernth was teamed with SM Dee during a supervised flight before taking the controls for a solo.

C/AB Nathan Bernth is congratulated by SM Steve Dee after soloing.

This was the first visit to “The land of sky blue waters” for Cadet Airman Basic Nathan Bernth of Peachtree City-Falcon Field Composite Squadron in Georgia.

“I was confident he (Cadet Bernth) was ready to solo,” Dee said. “There’s a lot of accountability here for cadets, from running the flight line to preparing for their solo. So, they are in charge as to whether flight academy is a successful experience or not.” Continued on Page 3

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Flight Academy Continued from Page 2 Bernth said soloing in the glider was awesome.

“You're having so much information thrown at you during the classroom phase, it's impossible not to be overloaded. But, working through that really shows you what you're made of. So at first it was frustrating, but at the end it was just amazing to see how far I'd come.”

A cadet ground crew positions gliders on the tow line during the Minnesota Wing Flight Academy. C/TSgt Don Raleigh hooks a glider to a tow line during the Minnesota Wing Flight Academy.

Ernst had high praise for her instructors. “At the beginning of Flight Academy I never would have imagined that I'd hold perfect altitude and airspeed during my solo, but I did it! My flight instructor, Capt. David Yost, was wonderful and his confidence in my capability encouraged me to do my best. Maj. Manny Block, our ground school instructor, was positively awesome. He shared so much information with us and I felt privileged to learn from him.” Ernst’s flight academy experience seemed to sum up the feelings of all the cadets, whether in a glider or powered aircraft. “Flying high has a whole new meaning,” Ernst said. “There’s no feeling quite as exhilarating as your first solo.”

“The flight academy was very well run and the quality of the instructors was outstanding.” Bernth said he also made a lot of new friends. All powered aircraft training is conducted at a minimum altitude of 1,500 feet at an air speed of about 100 miles per hour. During the solo flight the cadet is by themselves and typically performs 1-3 take-offs and landings.

For more information about the Minnesota Flight Academy please go to their website at

C/CMSgt Ben Leaf gives the thumbs up with his ground crew.

Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Jenna Ernst of St. Cloud Composite Squadron soloed in the Cessna 172. She called it the biggest accomplishment of her life.
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Sprouting wings
Pat Christman The Mankato (MN) Free Press One of their instructors likened the group of 25 Civil Air Patrol cadets learning about flight at a weeklong flight academy to sponges. “They’re soaking wet, tired and full of information at the end of the day,” he said, “but they come back the next day fresh and ready for more.”

A tradition among pilots, students taking their first solo flight have the date written on their shirt and a panel cut out of it to remember the experience.

Scholarship helps Minnesota cadet reach new heights
Capt Richard Sprouse Public Affairs Officer, Group 2, Minnesota Wing A scholarship honoring a late Civil Air Patrol member will help an aspiring pilot earn her wings. Cadet Second Lieutenant Emily Jensen, a member of the Crow Wing Composite Squadron in Brainerd, Minn., received the Jacob Pfingsten Memorial Flight Training Scholarship during the recent Minnesota Wing Flight Academy.

Ben Leaf, 15, closes the canopy on a glider as he prepares for his second solo flight during the Civil Air Patrol’s flight academy at the Mankato Municipal Airport. Photo - The Free Press

(L-R) Cadet Emily Jensen and Jolene Parks, Jacob Pfingsten’s sister (photo courtesy of 2009 Minnesota Flight Academy)

The academy, sponsored by the Minnesota wing of the Civil Air Patrol, is an intense course designed to teach students from Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska about ground and air operations of both powered airplanes and gliders, said the Civil Air Patrol’s Dave Skaar. “The idea is to give them the experience of flying, not necessarily time in the airplane,” Skaar said. To get that experience, cadets spent the first three days of the academy in the classroom, learning about how an airplane or glider works and the basic controls. The students also learn about safety around aircraft and performing duties on the ground with the gliders, such as hooking them to the tow plane and guiding the wing as they gain speed on the ground. For the next three days, the cadets learn to fly the airplane or glider, taking short flights called sorties with an instructor. Many of the 14- to 18-year-old cadets take their first solo airplane or glider flight during the academy, an experience that leaves them smiling from ear to ear, but also costs them their shirt.

Jacob Pfingsten, a cadet and senior member of the Crow Wing Squadron, obtained his FAA Private Pilot Certificate through the CAP program. He died in February 2005 of natural causes while serving with the U.S. Army in Germany. The scholarship was created by his parents, Tom and Beth Pfingsten of Brainerd, both Civil Air Patrol members, and LaDonna and Randy Blackorbay of Maple Grove. Jensen, the Crow Wing Squadron cadet commander, said the scholarship has special meaning to her. “Receiving the scholarship meant that I'd be able to go on to get my private pilot’s license, something I’ve wanted to do since I can remember,” Jensen said, “and I felt privileged to receive the scholarship since I had known the Pfingsten family, and Jake, since joining CAP six years ago.” The scholarship provides up to 30 hours of flight training. The cadet has one year to utilize the funds and to obtain their certificate. Jensen was selected as the recipient of the scholarship from several outstanding candidates by the senior staff and flight instructors at the flight academy held near Mankato, Minn. Flight academy also provided Jensen with the opportunity to solo in an airplane. “Soloing was incredible. Being up in the sky is amazing enough, but being up in the sky, flying a plane by YOURSELF, is unbelievable!”

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Nebraska Wing Conducts Cadet Encampment
2d Lt Jason Fink Public Affairs Officer, Nebraska Wing The Nebraska Wing Encampment began on Sunday, the 26th of July with 58 members in attendance this year at Camp Ashland, National Guard Training Camp, near Ashland, Nebraska. Other wings represented were Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, and Missouri. There some obstacles for this encampment mainly with logistical issues, but the staff overcame these obstacles and pulled it together to make a memorable experience for the cadets.

On Tuesday, cadets and seniors had a unique opportunity to fly on Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters. There were six flights of 8 to 10 individuals on each flight. Some had flown previously on the Blackhawks, but for many it was their first opportunity. When asked about the experience, Cadet Austin Gloe, a member of Offutt Composite Squadron said, “That was awesome!” The weather worked out well for encampment, never too hot, and not a lot of rain if any. The cadets were prepared for heat though by drinking plenty of water. The young cadets had a memorable experience and made it through the weeks events and pushed towards graduation on the 1st of August. Continued on Page 6

Every summer, CAP cadets from across the state and region – under the watchful eye of staff members – are given the opportunity to learn and experience new experiences that they may not get otherwise such as rappelling, land navigation, Blackhawk helicopter rides, and emergency locator training. They also received presentations on moral leadership, aerospace and military career opportunities, drill movements, and physical training.

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Alpha Flight Honor Cadet – John Johnson, IA-007, Iowa Wing Bravo Flight Honor Cadet – C/TSgt Davis Chleborad, Omaha Composite Squadron, Nebraska Wing Charlie Flight Honor Cadet – Austin Gloe, Offutt Composite Squadron, Nebraska Wing Delta Flight Honor Cadet – C/TSgt Lucas Stasi, Omaha Composite Squadron, Nebraska Wing 2009 Encampment Honor Cadet – Felix Knutson, IA007, Iowa Wing

Cadets work on model rockets at the 2009 Nebraska Wing Encampment.

Col Robert Todd, Wing Commander, was present for the Pass in Review Parade. The cadets marched past the Wing Commander and Encampment Commander Lt Col David Waite. The audience consisted of families, friends and staff members. Everyone showed pride on their faces. The cadets had grown in the course of the week. 2009 Nebraska Wing Encampment Awardees: Encampment Honor Flight – Delta Flight – Commanded by Flight Commander C/SMSgt Kenita Thompson of 99th Pursuit Squadron, Nebraska Wing and Flight Sergeant C/CMSgt Andrew Miller of Offutt Composite, Nebraska Wing

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Kephart assumes command of Southeast Minnesota Composite Squadron
Lt Col John Barsness (L), Minnesota Wing Group IV commander, presided over the change of command ceremony held August 6, 2009, as Major Matt Wiskow (Center)relinquished command of the Southeast Minnesota Composite Squadron to Captain Gail Kephart (R). Special guests at the change of command included Lt Col Mike Moen, Minnesota Wing vice commander; Major Jeff Bartelt, Group IV deputy commander; and Lt Col Don Mikitta, Wing Chaplain. Major Wiskow was presented with a Commander’s Commendation Award for his efforts on behalf of the squadron.

Civil Air Patrol Members show their respects for a fallen Minnesota Guardsman
1st Lt George Supan Public Affairs Officer, Group 3 Minnesota Wing Army Spc Daniel Drevnick was killed in Iraq while serving with the 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota Army National Guard. Visitation services were held on July 24th in Woodbury, MN. Drevnick is the stepson of Major Charles Freese, a member Minnesota Wing’s St. Paul Composite Squadron. Cadets were asked to be part of the visitation service for the fall Hero. They responded and were very professional in assisting people, standing guard and sharing water with the Patriot Guard. The Patriot Guard created a sea of U.S. Flags along the streets and at the edge of the parking lots. CAP and the Patriot Guard stood vigil from 1500 to 2000 hours as a continual number of people arrived to show their respects for Spc Drevnick in giving his life for our freedom. Spc Drevnick, 22, was killed along with two other Minnesota Army National Guard members from the Red Bull Infantry, deployed to Iraq in April, when missiles hit their base near Basra. Members from Minnesota Wing, Groups 2 & 3, North Hennepin, Anoka, St. Paul and St. Croix squadrons responded to show their support for the families and respect for Spc Drevnick. Members of Drevnick’s family thanked the CAP Cadet members for how professional they were and how there presents contributed to the visitation service for their Hero.

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For North and South Dakota cadets, the training was entered directly into the CAP National Headquarters training records. Cadets from other wings received documentation for them to take home and enter at their home units.

One hundred CAP members from eight states attended the Joint Dakota Encampment in July at Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD. “North Dakota Wing and South Dakota Wing have been holding joint encampments for years,” noted Lt Col. Mike Marek, encampment commander, “but this is the first time in several years that the encampment has had an Emergency Services focus.”

“Of course, much of the value of Encampment is not in the formal training,” added Marek. “Cadets attending for the first time are often away from home for the first time. They don’t have their cell phones and they can’t talk with mom and dad, so they have to learn to build new support structures. It is almost amazing how tightly they bond with the other members of their flights after the first couple of days. But that bonding and mutual support is one the most important life lessons they learn from Encampment. People outside CAP sometimes don’t understand that.” In addition to the usual encampment briefings on the Air Force, drill and formation training, and other standard activities, encampment participants completed an aggressive schedule of ground team training, including both classroom and field training. By the end of the week, virtually every cadet taking the training had completed the basic requirements for Ground Team Member. Other activities during the week included visiting a B-1B bomber static display, the air base’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit, the K-9 police dog unit, and attending the Mount Rushmore evening program and lighting ceremony. Continued on Page 9

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Joint Dakota Encampment continued from Page 8 Marek’s five formal goals for the encampment were Completion, Safety, Learning, Mentoring, and Making People Top Priority. During the final award ceremony of the encampment he proclaimed all five goals to be accomplished during a week highlighted by strong advance planning and relatively little stress.

proud of you…keep up the good work” were delivered by the encampment cadet Public Affairs staff, and sometimes printed in internal encampment newsletter.

(From left to right) Cadet Executive Officer C/2d Lt Mees, Cadet st Commander C/1 Lt Betzler, Cadet Deputy Commander C/Capt Hetland

The Encampment Facebook page can be accessed at The 2010 Joint Dakota encampment will be held at Camp Grafton, ND. 2009 Joint Dakota Encampment Awards Encampment Honor Flight - Charlie Flight, commanded by C/CMSgt Preston Lee. Fitness Award for the highest PT scores Male: C/AMN Jacob McCowan, Charlie Flight Female: C/AMN Leah Deering, Bravo Flight Academic Award for Highest Written test score – C/TSgt Schatzi Jore, Alpha Flight Most Improved Cadet - Cadet Samuel Stratmeyer, Alpha Flight Outstanding Cadet NCO Staff – C/SMSgt Seth Huntington, Squadron 1 First Sergeant Outstanding Cadet Officer Staff - C/2d Lt Mike Mees Most Outstanding Cadet – C/TSgt Schatzi Jore, Alpha Flight

“When we talk about Encampment, we often focus on the cadets who are attending for the first time,” said Marek, “but Encampment is also about the cadet staff learning how to be leaders. Some of our cadet staff members were as young as 13, and they spent the week learning about how to be an effective leader, not just ‘yelling’ at subordinates who have had a problem, but proactively working with them to keep the problem from happening again. It is maybe not the stereotype of the military drill sergeant, but it is a wonderful life lesson for the cadets.”

One other highlight of the encampment was an active presence on a Facebook encampment page with information, photographs and videos for parents. The encampment page ended up with over 180 “fans” and had frequent visits and comments from parents during the week. Comments like “We are proud of you and are looking forward to seeing you home” and “We are so

Most Outstanding TAC Officer – 1st Lt Kyle Grove, Charlie Flight Most Outstanding Senior Staff Officer – Capt Michael Johnson, Commandant of Cadets

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1st Lt Erik Lindquist Public Affairs Officer, Viking Squadron, Minnesota Wing

Minn. Members Ride in CH-47 Chinook Helicopter

Minnesota Viking Squadron members were honored to have the opportunity to fly with the Minnesota Army National Guard in a CH47 Chinook helicopter. The flight originated at the St. Paul Downtown Airport, also known as Holman Field. Squadron members also toured the facility, and were able to view the Blackhawk helicopters stationed at the site. The CH 47 Chinook helicopter has a crew of three (pilot, co-pilot, and flight engineer), it can carry up to 55 troops or 24 litters with 3 attendants. It is built for heavy lifting, and can carry up to 26,680 pounds of additional weight. The Chinook can reach a maximum speed of 196 MPH and a service ceiling of 18,500 feet. Squadron members enjoyed their flights, and were very impressed with the agility of this large aircraft. Experiences like these helps the Civil Air Patrol promote aerospace education to its members. Cadets especially benefit from these experiences in which they grow their aviation knowledge and interest. Most cadets continue to pursue aviation in a broader part of their lives either professionally or personally, and it is one of many reasons why they join the Civil Air Patrol.

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By 1st Lt Lori Anderson, South Dakota Wing Public Affairs Officer On Thursday, August 20th, the Sioux Falls hosted an annual awards banquet at the South Dakota Air National Guard dining facility. The event was held to recognize CAP members who achieved various awards of recognition and honors. In addition to the awards, the squadron recognized the South Dakota Air National Guard for their on-going support of Civil Air Patrol. In return, Capt Joe Hardin, Commander of the 114th Security Forces Squadron recognized the squadron with a plaque, for outstanding support to the Air National Guard. During the catered event, Brig Gen Ron Mielke, former Asst Adjutant General for Air and a CAP member presented the awards and spoke about the Air Force Association. During the meal and social hour, videos were provided capturing all the events the squadron had participated in during the year by 1st Lt Jerry Foy. Awards were given, after a speech from the squadron commander Lt Col Rich Larson describing the accomplishments of the squadron and the continued growth of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron. Members recognized were: CADET OF THE YEAR - C/CMSgt Kendra Lauer CADET OF MERIT - C/SSgt Eric Menholt SM OF THE YEAR – 1st Lt Dan Thibault FAMILY OF THE YEAR - Maj Mark Huntington and the "Huntington Flight" MITCHELL AWARD - C/1st Lt Ashley Hibbison Following the awards program Lt Col Larson presided over a Cadet Change of Command ceremony where C/1st Lt Ashley Hibbison passed cadet command to C/CMSgt Kendra Lauer, the new cadet commander.

By 1st Lt Lori Anderson, South Dakota Wing Public Affairs Officer


The Power on the Prairie Air Show was held in Sioux Falls on July 25th and 26th featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels. The Sioux Falls Composite Squadron who hosted the volunteer event, also welcomed other squadrons throughout South Dakota and Minnesota, to assist in crowd control, parking, and front-line air show security. Captain Joe Hardin, Security Officer of the South Dakota Air National Guard, chose the Civil Air Patrol to assist in providing security to the 100,000 attendees during the event. “When I look at providing security for such a large crowd, I look at the Civil Air Patrol for it’s responsiveness and high organizational skills, and because I know I can rely on them”. Hardin stated during a briefing before the air show. The 70 volunteers were tasked with security, assisting visitors and parking for the two-day event held from 8:30am-4:30pm.

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North Dakota Squadron participates in “Night to Unite”
Major Chad Derby Public Affairs Officer, 119th ANG Cadet Squadron, North Dakota Wing On Tuesday, August 4th the 119th Air National Guard Cadet Squadron participated in the Night to Unite event in West Fargo, ND. The squadron’s color guard helped kick off the night events with a Flag Raising Ceremony at Elmwood Park in West Fargo. The squadron also assisted with securing a landing zone for N.D. Army Guards Helicopter to ensure a safe landing. In addition to helping out with two of the major events of the night the 119th ANG Cadet Sq. held a requiting booth where the handed out recruiting materials and shared fun stories about CAP with all who stopped by there booth.

Missouri Cadet Receives Congressional Award
SM Jamie Myers Col Travis Hoover Composite Squadron, Missouri Wing C/2d Lt Lucian Myers received his Silver Congressional Award from Congressman Roy Blunt at a ceremony on August 5th in Joplin, Missouri. Myers, the Cadet Executive Officer for the Col Travis Hoover Composite Squadron, completed requirements in four categories to earn the award. He compiled over 100 hours of personal development which included participating in a speech club and then a national speech conference in Memphis, TN. His physical fitness hours were achieved through being on a home school track team where he competed in high jump and long jump. At the Silver medal level he needed to have at least 200 hours of volunteer service and at present he has almost 500 hours at Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin. He has C/2d LT Lucian Myers (l) talks with Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt served on the technical crew, stage crew, and been on before receiving the Congressional Award in silver. stage as an actor is numerous plays. For his expedition requirement he spent several weeks on his uncle’s farm in north central Missouri shoeing and breaking horses, running farm machinery and equipment, and enjoying life on a working farm/ranch. Currently Myers is just a few physical fitness hours short of achieving his gold medal and is hoping to complete that by next May. Setting goals and achieving them is a main focus of the Congressional Award. Myers’ participation in Civil Air Patrol has contributed to his ability to meet expectations and move forward in pursuit of achievements. He is a recent recipient of the Billy Mitchell Award, becoming a cadet officer June 9, 2009. “I would encourage any interested CAP cadet to set a goal of earning the Congressional Award. It is not difficult to achieve and in the process you can learn about many interesting things,” says Myers.

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Kansas Squadron hosts International Air Cadets
SM Gena Borden Public Affairs Officer, Kansas City Composite Squadron, Kansas Wing Kansas City Composite Squadron (KCCS) n proudly hosted a group of cadets participating in this year’s International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE). This group of consisted of two Canadian cadets, two Belgian cadets, and one Belgian escort. With this being most of their first times to the United States, KCCS gave them a variety of experiences that included: a taste of Kansas City, aviation related activities, and a little American culture. A taste of Kansas City for our IACE group began on day one with a historical tour of the Steam Boat Arabia at The City Market; day two ended with a Kansas City Royals baseball game; day three was The Plaza, Union Station, and Crown Center in Kansas City, MO., event; day four was spent at Worlds of Fun™ amusement park; and day nine rounded out the experience with a tour of the Merriam Kansas Fire Station where they were able to see the ladder tower in action.

International Cadets from Left to Right, Top – Cedrick VanGoethem, Mel Thyberghien, Middle – Kevin Dekroes, Jordan Bailey, Tim Keymis, Bottom – CAP Cadets C/SRA Joseph Crockett, C/AMN Daniel Scarbrough, C/2d Lt Grant Collison

IACE also attended a KCCS meeting to meet all our cadets and share differences in our programs. Part of the evening was spent demonstrating and practicing drilling techniques by KCCS and the Canadian cadets. There was a send off reception on the last day where KCCS met for cake, and then off to a pool party complete with backyard barbeque pot luck. Aviation activities began on the second day with observation flights out of the New Century Air Port. On the fifth day the IACE spent time out at Forbes Field for a tour of the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard facilities where they were given a close look at the KC-135. Then it was off to visit the historical Air Combat Museum at Forbes Field to view 33 different aircraft, aircraft engines, and military aviation artifacts all ranging from World War 1 to the modern day. Day six was the Amelia Earhart Museum in Atchison and a flight simulator in Leavenworth. The ninth day was spent at Smokey Hill Air National Guard Range with a public display of military aircraft that took flight for an aerial gunnery training show. Aerial displays included the AH-64 Apache, the A-10 Thunderbolt, the B-52 bomber, the B-1 bomber, an F-16 fighter, a C-130 cargo plane and an unmanned aerial vehicle. American culture was fascinating to our IACE team. There were many firsts for the group including the baseball game and the amusement park. KCCS made sure they were exposed to cultural experiences that could only be made in America. IACE was able to experience several different fast food establishments and retail stores in Kansas City. Krispy Crème Doughnuts was one fast food establishment where our IACE team was able to see how the dough was mixed, cut, cooked, and frosted. A tasty sample at the end of the tour was a special treat indeed. Cabela’s was one of the retail stores that displayed vast differences in American culture that ranged from the taxidermy to the weapons that were on display. There was never a dull moment with the IACE group. In the end, IACE left Kansas City in style with a Hummer Limousine ride to the airport. The International Air Cadet Exchange program was a learning experience for everyone involved.

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First Person Perspective: Flying High Black Hawk Style
C/SRA Caitlin Albrecht North Hennepin Squadron, Minnesota Wing An enthusiastic group of cadets left North Hennepin Squadron on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, ready for adventure. Piling into two CAP vans, the group comprised of nineteen eager cadets, senior members 2d Lt J.D. Teter, 2d Lt Daniel Dawson, and 2d Lt Suzanne Albrecht, and parents Chris Chanski and Air Force Major Paul Shadle headed to the St. Paul Army National Guard Base. There was excitement in the air as the cadets eagerly awaited their activity of the evening: a much-anticipated Black Hawk helicopter ride. The UH-60 Black Hawk is the Army's primary tactical transport helicopter, capable of transporting 14 combatequipped troops or 8,000 lbs of cargo over 300 miles in range. It's twin-engine; 4-blade design can cruise at 170 mph and operate in almost any type of terrain or weather. The MN National Guard has 16 UH-60 Black Hawks and uses them both in overseas deployment missions and in domestic operations here at home in such roles as fire fighting, flood relief and search and rescue.

After a safety briefing and distribution of hearing protection, the first flight of cadets marched out single file to the waiting Black Hawk. Continued on Page 13

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Blackhawk continued from Page 13 The excitement rose as the cadets strapped themselves in, exchanged grins and attempted conversation as the roar of the whipping rotary blades grew in intensity. Then…liftoff!

Dawson accompanied by 2d Lt J.D. Teter took flight next. While they waited for their comrades to return, the first flight cadets were given a detailed tour of a stationary Black Hawk helicopter by squadron Aerospace Instructor and Army National Guard Black Hawk pilot, Major Steve Grimaldi. Twenty minutes later the entire group was reunited, and the NHS cadets and senior members were homeward bound. All in all, the evening proved to be a real treat for cadets and seniors alike, and who knows? Perhaps it also served as inspiration for some future Hawks to take to the skies. A huge thank you goes out to Major Steve Grimaldi for making this thrilling field trip a reality and contributing this article.

NCR News Update
The Black Hawk rose into the air with ease as cadets C/SRA Albrecht, C/SSgt Grimaldi, C/AMN Halek, C/AMN Heath, C/AMN Kessler, C/AMN Klick, C/AMN Miller, Cadet Shadle, and C/AMN Williams peered out the windows at the shrinking landscape below. The relatively smooth ride was punctuated by a few timely aerial maneuvers including sharp ascent and descent and steep banking to the left and right courtesy of the Army National Guard Pilot in Command, CPT Bruce Kraemer; Pilot, CW2 Chris Frazer; and Crew Chief, SSG Rob Glazebrook. “THAT was so COOL!” exclaimed C/AMN Arden Heath upon settling on terra firma. After about twenty minutes, the Black Hawk descended once more to pick up the second flight of excited cadets. C/SSgt Frank Albrecht, C/1st Lt David Chanski, C/2d Lt Blake Zafft, C/SMSgt Reuben Miller, C/Capt Jacob Otterson, C/SMSgt Matthew Bruffey, C/SSgt Jake Teter, C/SRA Ryan Heath and C/AMN Danny NCR News will have a new editor starting with the September Issue. 2d Lt Jessa Brace of Iowa Wing has graciously agreed to edit our newsletter. Please send copy and images to her at Major Al Pabon has been reassigned to CAP National Headquarters as the National Public Affairs Team Leader, effective Tuesday August 11th. He has also resigned as Director of Public Affairs and newsletter editor. “I never intended to leave this way but I am extremely pleased that Jenna will be the new editor. She brings enthusiasm, technical expertise as well as solid writing skills to the position. I am really looking forward to the September issue of NCR News.”

In the Next Issue:
• • • • Coverage of the 2009 Region SAR Exercise Coverage of the 2009 National Board Meeting A Feature on the 2009 National Flight Academy in Nebraska And News from the wings of North Central Region!

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Twenty-five years of Emergency Services fun and learning!
25-27 September 2009 at the Red Wing CAP Center BlackCAP Emergency Services College: The most sophomoric collegiate E.S. experience available! The Details for BlackCAP XXV
Date & Time: September 25-27, 2009. Drop off at 1800 on Friday and pick up at 1300 on Sunday. Location: Red Wing CAP Center and surrounding area Cost: $15* - BlackCAP hats are available for $10! Uniform: Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) or Corporate Equivalent - bring civilian clothes for Saturday night Who should participate: EVERYONE! General ES qualifications encouraged, not required. New members are welcome, provided they have a complete uniform. What do I need to bring: ◊ CAP ID Card ◊ Water bottles or canteens for the weekend ◊ 101 Card (if you have one, not required) ◊ Parent Permission Slip ◊ Food for the weekend that doesn’t need refrigeration - How you cook it is up to you - Saturday evening meal is included with tuition ◊ Something to sleep in and something to sleep on (the hangar floor is hard and cold) - tent camping is allowed. ◊ As much of a 24 hour pack that you can acquire ◊ Always dress for the weather - rain gear required! ◊ 1 set of appropriate civilian clothes to change into Saturday night - beware, they may get dirty!

Teaching the fundamentals of Emergency Services, all in one weekend.
Are you prepared to serve? You can get Emergency Services training in a uniquely fun and amusing environment. You’ll go home with better skills, more CAP friends, and great memories after a weekend of fun and learning. No two years at BlackCAP are ever the same, so make sure that you are part of this year’s experience! See you in Red Wing for BlackCAP XXV!

You may or may not have heard rumors about what goes on at BlackCAP. BlackCAP staffers can neither confirm nor deny these persistent rumors: If you truly want to know what BlackCAP is all about, you will need to attend as quickly as possible. WARNING – the BlackCAP experience is known to be addictive. Once you attend your first BlackCAP, you may find yourself waiting anxiously for your next opportunity to attend. The abundant positive and light-hearted attitudes are highly contagious.

Pre-Register Online: Or you can register at the door!

Tuition: $15
* Tuition waived for all instructors and Senior Members who transport 4 or more members to the activity.

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